Lewis County Missouri Commissioners Meeting Minutes Nov 6th, 2023

January 8th, 2024 Lewis County Commission

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Commission met pursuant to order of adjournment on January 2, 2024, with Presiding Commissioner Wayne Murphy Jr., Associate Commissioners Travis Fleer, and Deanne Whiston present. When and where the following proceedings were had to wit: Commissioner Murphy called the meeting to order: 

Minutes: Commissioner Fleer made a motion to approve minutes for January 2, 2024. Commissioner Whiston seconded; Commissioner Murphy agreed. Approved 3-0. 

Bills: No bills can be paid until the budget is approved, fiscal year 2023 is closed, the budget is loaded and rolled over for the fiscal year 2024 to be useable 

Rather Listen Than Read?

Road & Bridge: Road and Bridge Supervisor Larry Janes and Secretary Colclough were present. Virginia Berhorst met with the commission to discuss 2 issues she had- the 1st on road #479 there is a driver going 60 mph and running her off the road in the south ditch- it broke the back right tire sensor- this being the second time she had to have her vehicle fixed from damages from being run of the road-Virginia had asked the person speeding to please slow down and stay on his side of the road- it worked for a little while then went back- she also talked to the State Patrol and they told Virginia to meet with the commission- Commissioner Murphy told her to talk to the sheriff or to press charges- putting signs up won’t help- Commissioner Fleer said that if the speed limit isn’t posted its 55- he also asked if she thought about getting a dash cam- 2nd with the snow coming Tuesday and Friday she is asking that #479 is kept bladed- her mother and others on that road have medical issues- Commissioner Murphy said that we are doing the best we can being short staffed- he also asked if she could stay with her mom or if her mom would be able to stay in town with her- Bob on that road can blade snow as long as he doesn’t tear the road up 

Spot rocked #419, 421, 424, 263 

Welded on tractor mower 

Made a walk and put steps up on the south entrance 

Hauled rock on hills 

Chains and v plows on the graders 

Mowed #464 & 490 

Cut holes out on #530 

Confer to 911 about the 911 signs 

January 22nd at 9:45 culvert bid openings 

Brett Peters with Altorfer was in to discuss Sourcewell it’s a state bid site that gives you a percent off list- he also discussed the purchase of a new grader- he showed 2 different options that would need to be ordered – a 2024 140 252hp and a 2024 150 272hp- and a in stock option a 2023 140 with zero hours- the commission will discuss the options with Supervisor Janes 

Other Business: Dan Musholt was in attendance 

Clerk Sapp called Tom Neiman to fix the recorder and collector’s office doors and the basement doors at the Extension office 

Clerk Sapp submitted the December court order report 

Recorder Parrish submitted her December report 

Clerk Sapp submitted the December budget report on 1-2-2024 

Clerk Sapp submitted the Election Service Fee report 

The commission signed the purchase agreement for Henry M. Adkins, Software agreement, and Extended warranty and maintenance agreement 

Commissioner Murphy signed the NEMO RPC contract agreement for 2024 

Paige Legg met with the commission to discuss taxes being changed from RES to Com- Assessor Logsdon was asked by Commissioner Fleer to join the discussion- Mrs. Legg has had an Air B&B for 6 years beside her store- there are no zoning laws in Lewis county or in LaBelle- the house is not used often- it was residential to start with- she received a phone call from another business owner asking if it was changed to commercial- Mrs. Legg said she has her house blocked unless they called her- Mrs. Legg feels that Assessor Logsdon only looked on the Air B&B website- Mrs. Legg said there are no new laws put into place that she knows of- there was notification sent by mail when it was switched from RES to COM- Mrs. Legg said when she tried to talk to Assessor Logsdon she was kicked out of her office- Assessor Logsdon said she was asked to leave- Mrs. Legg read a certified letter from Assessor Logsdon about why the taxes were changed- Case #148 S.W 3d 821 (Mo banc 2024), statute #137.016(1) transient housing, and statute #137.016(4)- Mrs. Legg also asked if these commercial businesses were going to be asked to get merchant licenses- Mrs. Legg has 2 properties and feels those who had changes were randomly picked or chosen- She states Sharklake Farms called and their taxes were changed back to RES- Commissioner Murphy asked how to make it consistent- Assessor Logsdon said she will discuss this issue with Mrs. Legg in her office not in the commissioner’s office – Mrs. Legg feels that Assessor Logsdon has taken it upon herself to be the zoning commission- she should have looked at other websites- Assessor Logsdon said she used word of mouth, Air B&B, VRBO and some hunting websites-Assessor Logsdon said rentals were not changed because the difference between an Air B&B property and a rental are daily or weekly paid and monthly paid- Assessor Logsdon said this is a BOE and not a commission issue, and that BOE will take place in July with nothing being done until then- Assessor Logsdon again stated Commissioner Fleer and Mrs. Legg can go to the Assessor’s office to discuss the issue 

further and left the meeting- Mrs. Legg asked who she could go to Clerk Sapp asked if she had contacted the State Tax Commission- Mrs. Legg had not- Commissioner Fleer asked Mrs. Legg how her house was valued and she stated it went up every year- Commissioner Fleer questioned how a $138.000 house with a million dollars’ worth of renovations can still be valued at $138,000- Mrs. Legg said that when she asked for her business to be changed to Com it took 2 years- she feels this is a personal grudge- Clerk Sapp will give Mrs. Legg a BOE reminder closer to time 

Clerk Sapp made transfer voucher for yearly transfer- the commission approved the vouchers 

Prosecutor Fellinger was in to talk to the commission about her part-time budget line- it had been fixed-Commissioner Fleer then stated that Clerk Sapp’s attorney Mrs. McEnvoy said that she and Chelsea had been in contact- Mrs. Fellinger said the first time they had talked about the Election Service Fee being in general revenue but not a general revenue account- she said they had 2 conversations- the second conversation was Pros. Fellinger stating she was in conflict and had to back out of the discussions- Commissioner Fleer said he thinks Pros. Fellinger was confused in her recommendations about Clerk’s Sapp’s accounts- Prosecutor Fellinger said she thinks her original position is correct 

Collector Lay did not provide her monthly Tax Maintenance Fund report- Commissioner Whiston told her she could be fined for not providing a financial report to the commission- Collector Lay asked the commission to provide a statute stating that- the commission provided her with RSMo statute #50.380 

Adjourn: Motion to adjourn to Tuesday, January 16, 2024, by Commissioner Fleer, Commissioner Murphy seconded; Commissioner Whiston agreed, passed 3-0. 

Respectfully submitted:
Shannon Sapp, County Clerk

Approved:

Wayne Murphy Jr., Presiding Commissioner
Travis Fleer, Southern Commissioner 

                     Deanne Whiston, Northern Commissioner 

Official Record Clarification: The minutes provided here have been obtained in accordance with the Missouri Sunshine Law. Please note that these minutes are provided on this website for convenience and informational purposes only. They are not the official record. For the official record, we encourage you to contact the official custodian of records in charge of the public records for such offices.
Non-Endorsement Statement: The publication of these minutes on The Lewis County Scoop does not constitute an endorsement of any views or opinions expressed therein. They are presented here solely for informational purposes to serve our community’s need for transparency and accessibility to local governance proceedings.


Official Record Clarification: The minutes provided here have been obtained in accordance with the Missouri Sunshine Law. Please note that these minutes are provided on this website for convenience and informational purposes only. They are not the official record. For the official record, we encourage you to contact the official custodian of records in charge of the public records for such offices.
Non-Endorsement Statement: The publication of these minutes on The Lewis County Scoop does not constitute an endorsement of any views or opinions expressed therein. They are presented here solely for informational purposes to serve our community’s need for transparency and accessibility to local governance proceedings.

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